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Against All Enemies (A Jonathan Grave Thriller) MP3 CD – Unabridged, November 24, 2015
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About the Author
John Gilstrap is the New York Times bestselling author of Threat Warning (July, 2011), Hostage Zero, No Mercy, Nathan's Run, At All Costs, Even Steven, Scott Free and Six Minutes to Freedom. In addition, John has written four screenplays for Hollywood, adapting the works of Nelson DeMille, Norman McLean and Thomas Harris. Most recently, he has signed two movie deals for his books. He will write and co-produce the film adaptation of his book, Six Minutes to Freedom, and executive produce the film adaptation of Scott Free. A frequent speaker at literary events, John also teaches seminars on suspense writing techniques at a wide variety of venues, from local libraries to The Smithsonian Institution. Outside of his writing life, John is a renowned safety expert with extensive knowledge of explosives, hazardous materials, and fire behavior. He currently works as the director of safety for a large trade association in Washington, DC. John lives in Fairfax, VA.
- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (November 24, 2015)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1511326557
- ISBN-13 : 978-1511326551
- Item Weight : 2.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.63 x 5.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,030,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I love how Gilstrap has embraced the Batman analogy that many reviewers, myself included, have put forward throughout the series. Digger Grave is the epitome of the Chaotic Good archetype. However, in the Caped Crusader's 75-year history, no one has ever discussed how Bruce Wayne votes or what political party Commissioner Gordon belongs to. It was straight good vs. bad. Political thrillers could do worse than stick to that credo.
That said, the subject of the book, a shadowy militia with not only plans to overthrow the government, but also the means and will to do it is a deep and fascinating subject that I hope continues to be probed and plumbed by talented and skilled thriller writers like Gilstrap. Against the backdrop of the Oregon situation and this week's Newsweek cover story on the history and development of the militia movement, this is not a "liberal" issue.
When the director of terrorism studies at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point (you know, that left wing commie hippie institution) talks about the three distinct types of domestic extremist groups and other historians are noticing a similarity in how militia groups and ISIS are targeting similar recruits - disaffected disenfranchised young men with scant economic prospects - with promises of unity, belonging, and a holy mission, then we have a toxic political stew that existed long before the current administration. The differences between Al Qaeda and Y'all Qaeda are thinning.
What's that mean? That means we as readers should be seeing some kick ass political thrillers in our future.
The bigger question aside, there are parts of Against All Enemies that are subtle and brilliant.
The scene where they are breaking into Bud's Hardware and these two top drawer clandestine operatives are nearly taken out with a spring gun is superb. The smooth and almost clinical takedown on the first gate puts you right in the middle of the action and contrasts nicely with the hesitation later in the battle. And, who doesn't love a good C4 door breach?
Supporting characters were used well. Role-Play Rollins, the one who was set up to be the designated establishment chump, shows what he is made of. Conversely, the vulnerability of the character of Boomer. So slick and cool in the beginning, how he falters in the free-wheeling "Whisky Indigo" op is equally well done. Couple that with the surprising behavior of the female character Jolaine and a bunch of cliches were turned on their head during the chaos of the battle.
This book is still a win. Placing readers on a left to right political scale of 1 to 10, then 1, 2, 9, 10 are going to hate it and love it respectively and will brook no arguments on their opinion. 3, 4, 7, and 8 are going to have plenty of sections with some "Oh hell no" moments. 5 and 6 are going to appreciate it for what it is. A book. Fiction. Fun frenetic mayhem-filled fiction with lots of guns and booms and cool gear and solid characters. Decide where you are and roll from there.
I look forward to Friendly Fire
Dylan "Boomer" Nasbe, a former member of Grave's black ops team is being hunted by US agents for apparently killing several CIA agents and leaking secrets to foreign governments. Grave and his team are enlisted to find and bring Boomer in alive so that he can be debriefed and protected, if necessary. Finding Boomer poses no problem but he quickly points Scorpion, Boxers, and their team toward a conspiracy so laughable yet so deadly in its intent that immediate action is necessary to both defeat the threat and trace it back to the highest levels of the US military.
As usual, the Jonathan Grave series is fun fast-paced reading with good guys fighting bad guys in confrontations that often get obscured in areas of gray when the absolutes of white and black are no longer realistic. Innocents can be killed and laws can be stretched or broken in the name of the greater good. Major characters are always well defined and the dialogue is both credible and often amusing. Of course, this series comes with constant action, violence, and a fair share of suspense and thrills. Recommended for those fans of action/adventure thrillers who don't get overly caught up in political leanings or messages.
All Gilstrap fans, read it, or wait for the movie.